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Your Healthy Family: New study shows some teens are about as active as seniors

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and a new study indicates that many teens are getting even less exercise than the average adult.

The study looked at data from 12,529 participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2003-2006.

Researchers found that on average, 19-year-olds were about as active as sedentary 60-year-olds.

Jennifer Brubaker, PhD, FNP-BC, of Cleveland Clinic Children’s did not take part in the study, but said teens should be moving every day to lessen their chances of developing chronic illness as adults.

“Ideally, children and teens should be getting at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity,” said Brubaker. “We want them to be active, they should really try to increase the intensity of their physical activity. They'll know that they are when they are sweating and getting winded.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 12 million U.S. children and teenagers are considered to be obese.

Obesity has been linked to several serious chronic adulthood illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type-two diabetes and cancer.

Brubaker said one of the best ways to combat the obesity trend is to get the whole family involved in physical activity, especially teens.

She also said that too much screen time can be a barrier for adolescents to get enough movement in their day.

“Set healthy limits for screen time by making sure your kids aren’t sitting around all day long on their screens,” said Brubaker. “Try to encourage them, in any way you can, to get outside and do more activities.”

Brubaker also pointed out that teaching children to be active and eat healthy will make it more likely that they will be able to continue those good habits into adulthood.

Complete results of the study can be found in the journal Preventive Medicine.

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